Beijing / London, 3 December 2013
The Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) today announced the launch of the second phase of its renowned Hunter Scholar programme. The academic scholarship offers full funding for two promising young UK entrepreneurs to study for the Beijing-based, China-focused, MBA programme.
The Hunter Scholar programme, which is designed to encourage up-and-coming business leaders who have outstanding potential for strengthening Sino-European business ties, is the result of a joint venture between CKGSB and The Hunter Foundation – founded by British entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter.
Sir Tom Hunter, member of CKGSB's European Advisory Board and CKGSB alumnus, said:
“The age of China is now – the next generation of leaders needs the knowledge, networks and depth of understanding to take full advantage of the vast opportunities that China presents. It wasn’t until I travelled to China and did business there that I realised the gaps in my knowledge.
“Our current Hunter Scholars have already reaped huge benefits through their exposure to Chinese business culture at an early stage in their entrepreneurial careers. I’m proud that another set of young UK entrepreneurs will be given the same opportunity.”
Last year’s beneficiaries of the two £50,000 bursaries, Rory Bates-Williams and Jeremy Soloman, run their own companies in the UK and have ambitions to work more closely with China.
Xiang Bing, Dean of CKGSB, said:
“CKGSB is helping to bridge the knowledge gap between East and West, incorporating Chinese scholarship and practical lessons that reflect the need for all aspiring future business leaders to properly understand China.
“We look forward to welcoming applications from the UK’s most ambitious young entrepreneurs, who appreciate the impact that a China-focused business education will have on their credentials as global business leaders in years to come.”
Since its inception, CKGSB has produced over 7,000 alumni of whom 62% are CEOs or Chairmen. Collectively the alumni group now manage a portfolio of companies equivalent to 13.7% of China's GDP – generating more than $1 trillion USD in revenues each year.
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